Origami Sharpener
2011
Description
Lead Designer & Concept
2005, 2 weeks
Academic Project

Single material sharpener, made from stamping, blanking and grinding processes.
Fields
Industrial Design, Product Design
  • Origami Inspiration

    Inspired by the understatement and abstraction of Japanese Origami, this sharpener derives its appeal from the same essence: Creating structure, function and form out of sheet material, using simple processes, with no excessive shapes that ‘over-describe’ the object.
  • Fat-Free Design: The Appeal of Honesty

    There is no excess - each production step affords an important part of the sharpener’s function. The grinded edge becomes the shaving blade, while each fold either helps to create the required volumes for ergonomic handling, or the walls that guide the pencil into position.

    When the entire aesthetic and construction is a result of its essential functions instead of the artifice of style, the object achieves an elegant ‘optimum’ and honesty that has a kind of special resonance with users.